The Last Kind Words by Tom Piccirilli

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15 Critic Reviews

Sure, the plot sounds ridiculous — but the characters have strong voices and bristle with funny quirks.
-NY Times

Synopsis

From International Thriller Writers Award winner and Edgar Award nominee Tom Piccirilli, this mesmerizing suspense novel explores the bonds of family and the ways they’re stretched by guilt, justice, and the chance for redemption.
 
Raised in a clan of small-time thieves and grifters, Terrier Rand decided to cut free from them and go straight after his older brother, Collie, went on a killing spree that left an entire family and several others dead. Five years later, only days before his scheduled execution, Collie contacts Terry and asks him to return home. He claims he wasn’t responsible for one of the murders—and insists that the real killer is still on the loose.
 
Uncertain whether his brother is telling the truth, and dogged by his own regrets, Terry is drawn back into the activities of his family: His father, Pinsch, who once made a living as a cat burglar but retired after the heartbreak caused by his two sons. His cardsharp uncles, Mal and Grey, who’ve recently incurred the anger of the local mob. His grandfather, Old Shep, who has Alzheimer’s but is still a first-rate pickpocket. His teenage sister, Dale, who’s flirting with the lure of the criminal world. And Kimmy, the fiancée he abandoned, who’s now raising a child with his former best friend.
 
As Terry starts to investigate what really happened on the day of Collie’s crime spree, will the truth he uncovers about their secrets tear the Rands apart?
 
Walking the razor-sharp edge between love and violence, with the atmospheric noir voice that is his trademark, The Last Kind Words demonstrates why Tom Piccirilli has become a must-read author.


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About Tom Piccirilli

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Tom Piccirilli is the author of more than twenty novels, including Shadow Season, The Cold Spot, The Coldest Mile, and A Choir of Ill Children. He’s won two International Thriller Awards and four Bram Stoker Awards, as well as having been nominated for the Edgar, the World Fantasy Award, the Macavity, and Le Grand Prix de L’imagination. Learn more at: www.thecoldspot.blogspot.com.
 
Published June 12, 2012 by Bantam. 337 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Last Kind Words
All: 15 | Positive: 15 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 01 2012

Consigning most of the violence to the past allows Piccirilli...to dial down the gore while imparting a soulful, shivery edge to this tale of an unhappy family that’s assuredly unhappy in its own special way.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Marilyn Stasio on Jun 15 2012

Sure, the plot sounds ridiculous — but the characters have strong voices and bristle with funny quirks.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Ray Palen on Jul 06 2012

Tom Piccirilli has created a crime noir mystery as hard-boiled as any in recent memory...

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Denver Post

Excellent
Reviewed by John Broening on Jun 10 2012

...crime novelist Tom Piccirilli comes up with this unbeatable trope in his new work, "The Last Kind Words":

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Spinetingler Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Nerd of Noir on Jul 25 2012

Piccirilli has created a fascinating world that’s cast with tons of strong characters, all of it related through stark prose and kept lively thanks to endless tension.

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Amarillo Globe-News

Excellent
Reviewed by MICHELLE WIENER on Jun 15 2012

The family comes across as a charming family of anti-heroes, but Piccirilli is careful not to over-romanticize them — there’s a darkness at work, the sense that any one of them could follow Collie into what he calls “the underneath.”

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White Cat Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Blu Gilliand on Aug 03 2012

It features some of his best character work to date, and the elements of mystery are compelling even though they’re not the true driving force behind the book.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Good
Reviewed by Christine Zibas on Aug 01 2012

There are plenty of reasons to read this book, and yet, in the end, it becomes nearly impossible to recommend due to its failed ending.

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Literary Exploration

Good
Reviewed by Michael on Jul 08 2012

From the start I was hooked, this novel had a nice pace to it, mixing elements of crime and mystery with an interesting character driven story about love and family.

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My Bookish Ways

Good
Reviewed by Kristin on Jul 27 2012

This isn’t just a murder mystery, it’s a book about a brother’s love, a son’s love for his family, and the ties that bind us together.

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Onyx Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Bev Vincent

...but Piccirilli's work here stands on its own. He has a distinctive voice and a clear (if gritty) world view. If there is justice in the world, this book will be the breakout he richly deserves.

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Marilyn's Mystery Reads

Good
Reviewed by Marilyn on Aug 11 2012

The Last Kind Words is a wonderful novel, with fascinating characters and a plot that will keep you reading until the last page.

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Page247

Good
Reviewed by Page247 on Oct 11 2012

Pirrilli’s writing kept me up at night, his ability to build relationships and grab onto the defining, disturbing aspects of this family, had me in awe at times.

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Ron Earl Phillips

Good
Reviewed by Ron Earl Phillips on Nov 13 2012

The story is multifaceted, creating as many questions as there are answers. And I will admit that by the end I wanted more.

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Bill Crider

Good
Reviewed by Bill Crider on May 01 2012

Piccirilli's story has suspense and heart, and plenty of both. When you finish read it, you'll be sorry to leave the company of the Rands...

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